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17 comments by MrTaxikiller on May 7th, 2014

Paging all armchair generals - please wax your moustaches, don your monocles and, er, plump your armchairs. Microsoft appears to be working on a new instalment of a classic strategy game franchise, as per a job ad spotted by NeoGAF.
"Microsoft Studios is looking for a highly experienced senior games developer to help build and lead the team for a new AAA title within an established and well-loved strategy game franchise," it reads. The successful candidate's "primary responsibilities will be to recruit and lead the client-side engineering team, drive technical strategy for client development, manage the day-to-day engineering rhythm, and evaluate and recommend appropriate middleware and tools to accomplish our goals".

Microsoft has three strategy franchises that could fit the label "established and well-loved", by my reckoning. The most obvious is Age of Empires, created by now-dead Ensemble Studios - there hasn't been a peep on that front since 2011's free-to-play instalment Age of Empires Online, which is due to be closed down in July 2014.Ensemble is also the studio behind Halo Wars, one of the few well-regarded and successful console-native real-time strategy titles. I'm not sure I'd call it an "established" franchise, though - sales weren't spectacular. Phil Spencer praised the game's control scheme while expressing guarded enthusiasm for console strategy experiences in January.Last but not least, there's Viva Pinata, Rare's intensely sugary animal husbandry sim. The developer has ideas for how a new game might make use of Kinect, and Microsoft's head PR honcho Major Nelson has broached the subject on Reddit. I also can't help noticing that Rare retweeted our retrospective from last month. On the other hand, the job listing above is based in Redmond, rather than at Rare's HQ in Leicestershire, UK.Any frothy bits of speculation to share?

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sgtmyers88 Apr 28 2015, 7:35pm says:

Well now... C&C3; :)

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Guest Mar 22 2015, 12:39pm says:

how to download tiberian sun redux??

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MrTaxikiller Apr 1 2015, 4:19pm replied:

current release is for ZH

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Edna1
Edna1 Mar 19 2015, 2:19pm says:

So come for C & C 3?

If so, great.!

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ForntZone_Elite Mar 19 2015, 3:07am says:

Taxikiller, how the progress so far? Will the Tiberian Dawn be converted to CNC 3 as well? I don't mind if it don't anyway.

Whats the main different between CNC3 version of this mod then the Zero Hour one?

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MrTaxikiller Apr 1 2015, 4:18pm replied:

got a bit stuck on my second my Evolutions, so most modding time is focused on that instead of TSRX, the difference of ZH and TW is ofcourse the graphics are better its a tiberian based game on a tiberian game so we dont have to make backdoors to get the tiberian stuff working in ZH, 6 factions which 4 of them you already know. Mod support for retail Ultimate collection Origin support. And allot of other stuff to that are related to server/app side.

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Phlipgranham
Phlipgranham Feb 27 2015, 5:33am says:

when will installer for C&C 3 be released?

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paradig124
paradig124 Feb 20 2015, 6:23pm says:

Who is this third faction

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altoangelo9090
altoangelo9090 Feb 25 2015, 4:12pm replied:

srlsy u dont know who the forgotten is xD ?
SRLSY you must be new the C&C series, the forgotten is mutant faction if u have play'd command and conquer tiberium sun back in 1999 when it whas released then you know who the forgotten is ^^

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MrTaxikiller Mar 2 2015, 3:51pm replied:

yeah but the forgotten is an faction you cant play in the original ts game, and we recently showed just there faction emblem, and nothing from that indicated that it is a forgotten faction.

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